The ACWA Board of Directors, its officers and members would like to welcome you to the online home of the American Chuck Wagon Association, a 501.c.3 organization.
The American Chuck Wagon Association started out as a small group of Old West enthusiasts and has expanded to world wide association preserving the American past through competitions, demonstrations, charity and school events and other venues.
Our work is funded by sponsorships (see the power point presentation shown below-right); tax-free donations, honorariums and memorials
(We are a 501.c.3 organization);
cookbook, note card, t-shirt & cap sales in our General Store (go shopping), as well as membership dues.
For donations, honorariums and memorials, you may send a check to:
ACWA, 1723 East Tate Street, Brownfield, TX 79316 or call Nancy Sparks at (806)215-7851 with credit card information. For Honorariums and Memorials, please include the name of the person remembered/honored, and address for a thank you card.
Our youth are our future and the ACWA supports activities directly involving them. We encourage producers to offer youth
competition at their cook offs whenever possible. Many of our cooking crews include young people at the cook offs.
The Association also periodically honors an outstanding young cook with the Rookie of the Year award.
In addition, the ACWA offers scholarships (read more) to selected individuals each year. If interested, download an application here. Scholarship recipients for the upcoming school year are Caleb Swanson from Canton, SD, and Chelsea Carter from Prairie Hill, TX. One of our recipients recently sent an update you may read here.
Another way to involve and educate our youth is with demonstrations. At one cook off, invitations were given to area schools to come on Friday. There were busloads coming and going a good portion of the day. The students were wonderful and the three host wagons enjoyed sharing their camps and telling a little about the history of the chuck wagon and the trail drives.
Want to take home some of that authentic, Old West taste and style? Now you can with ACWA Cookbooks, beautiful note cards and caps!
Many of our members offer catering services. Check out the link above to contact one of them about bringing some of the finest chuck wagon cooking to your next event.
Hopefully everyone survived the holidays. As we welcome 2017, here are a few of the ACWA activities occurring in the near future.
The first sanctioned cook off in 2017 will be the Lazy E Chuck Wagon Cook Off on Saturday March 4, 2017. There will be a Chuck Wagon Breakfast at 8:30 AM and the Chuck Wagon Cook Off Luncheon will follow the third round of the Cinch Timed Event Championship, somewhere around 3:00 PM. For more information go to www.lazyetec.com click on EVENT INFO and open the Schedule of Events to see the planned activities and if you wish to purchase tickets, scroll down the page to click on PURCHASE TICKETS.
Four weeks later the first ACWA Championship Cook Off will be held March 30 - April 1, 2017. We have 17 wagon teams, with another possible, from the following 8 states, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas. VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED TO HELP MAKE THIS EVENT HAPPEN. Contact me or any of the directors to see what you can do.
The planning for the ACWA Championship Cook Off started back in September 2014 when ACWA held a rendezvous at Fort Martin Scott in Fredericksburg Texas. Preliminary conversations with representatives from the Fort sparked an interest in holding the first championship there. The first planning meeting was held in June 2015 and from there the process started. Originally it was planned to be held on a piece of land located between Fort Martin Scott and the Former Texas Rangers Heritage Center. As time passed it became more and more apparent the location would not be feasible or practical due to several different issues. So it was decided by the ACWA board of directors to move to the Gillespie County Fair. The new location at the Gillespie County Fair is more user friendly for the public and the wagon teams. There is an exhibit hall that will seat 1000 at tables and chairs.
Anyone with a chuck wagon needs to start thinking about the 7th Annual Wagons for Warriors to be held in Lebanon, Missouri on May 26th and 27th. Last year 30 wagons participated, and you had to be there to see the expression on the faces of the veterans brought from one of the Missouri Veteran Homes. It was an honor to help serve them along with visiting with the group and expressing my thanks for their service to our country. In talking with Steve Hull, he is setting a goal of having at least 35 wagons this year. Wagons for Warriors raises money dedicated to helping wounded veterans and their families during their rehabilitation and recovery. Anyone who owns a chuck wagon needs to get involved in this as a way to say "THANK YOU" to those who have served our country. For more information on this event you can contact Steve Hull at www.stillhangin.com or www.wagonsforwarriors.com.
Keep checking the ACWA website for upcoming cook offs as information and dates are sent into the ACWA office and posted.
New Members? If you are interested in the trail drive era along with the mystique of the chuck wagon please check out our website! If you want to become a member of this fine association, simply click on the Member tab, fill out an application and join us!"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." --Michael John Bobak See y'all
In 1996 at a chuck wagon competition in Amarillo, Texas, a small group of Old West enthusiasts and wagon masters talked about an
association. The mission would be to preserve the heritage of the chuck wagon and its use in the short, but significant, era of the cattle
drives. In 1997, in Bryson, Texas, by-laws and articles of operationwere adopted and the American Chuck Wagon Association was off and
running. Today there are members in 31 states, Canada, Germany and France.
In 2016, the original mission statement was revised and Sanctioning was approved. The revised mission statement reads as follows:
The mission statement of the American Chuck Wagon Association is to preserve the history of the Chuck Wagon Era by providing educational opportunities and events to diverse audiences of all ages while continuing to provide youth scholarships and support for wounded warriors.